Blawgletter once heard that some people believe they have a constitutional right to buy knock-off handbags.  Now we learn that they just about had it right.  The Copyright Act of 1976, according to The Los Angeles Times today, doesn’t protect designer-label designs, only artwork; and we suppose that trademark law covers the labels themselves.

A bill pending in the Senate — the Design Piracy Prohibition Act — would, you know, prohibit design piracy. 

We predict a slow, agonizing, and possibly brutal death for the DPPA bill, not least because we agree with the guy who said:

I love the bill theoretically, but I don’t think it will ever work.  I think it’s next to impossible to enforce any of this.  Some of the biggest designers would be in court every other week for knocking off other people.

Barry Barnett

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